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Photo by Kendall Marianacci, Nepal Semester.

work of a different kind

Often in the midst of routine we overlook some of our basic needs: to relax, to work with our hands, to look beyond the schedule we have become accustom to. For the last two days our group reconnected with some of these aspects of life at the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation in Kirtipur, just outside of Kathmandu.

The KRMEF is a biodynamic farm that focuses on organic farming, community development, and sustainable environmentalism through various projects. They operate a Waldorf-inspired school for local youth, a clinic for their village, a farm which provides food to their cafe, and a women’s handicraft workshop to help support local female artisans.

Our group spent two days at the KRMEF and during that time had a chance to make Nepali food, get a try at making jewelry from soap nuts, plant tomatoes, and weed gardens. We met with KRMEF’s founder, Krishna, and learned about the ways they were contributing to their community and hopes for the future. It was a needed break from the city, and meaningful way to reconnect with the earth and one another.